Call Boomerang Books 1300 36 33 32

Oratory was a vital element in the Athenian democracy. In this study Anna Missiou analyses the ideological content of the speeches of the crypto-oligarch Andokides (active c. 420-390 BC). Drawing on modern communication studies, she proposes a contextual and historical approach to oratory rather than one that concentrates on the speaker. She insists that there was a rational as well as an emotional element in the responses of both orator and audience, and that there was a tension between political equality and socio-economic inequality lying at the centre of Athenian democratic society. She suggests that the political ideology of a speaker can be evaluated in the light of his rhetorical techniques. A detailed analysis of Andokides' arguments for peace in On the Peace with the Lakedaimonians reveals that the intense controversy in Athens over the continuation of the war with Sparta in 391 reflected class antagonism among the Athenians. Dr Missiou argues that the speech was essentially subversive, aimed at spreading pro-Spartan and antiwar feelings rather than persuading the audience to take a particular decision.

Buy The Subversive Oratory of Andokides book by Anna Missiou from Australia's Online Independent Bookstore, Boomerang Books.

Book Details

ISBN: 9780521037594
ISBN-10: 052103759X
Format: Paperback
(216mm x 138mm x 13mm)
Pages: 232
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 12-Jul-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

Other Editions

Reviews

» Have you read this book? We'd like to know what you think about it - write a review about Subversive Oratory of Andokides book by Anna Missiou and you'll earn 50c in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars (you must be a Boomerang Books Account Holder - it's free to sign up and there are great benefits!)

Write Review


Books By Author Anna Missiou

Literacy and Democracy in Fifth-century Athens by Anna Missiou

Literacy and Democracy in Fifth-century Athens

Paperback, February 2011
$63.86
Subversive Oratory of Andokides by Anna Missiou

The Subversive Oratory of Andokides

Hardback, March 1992
$144.00